Travelling is great, new sights, new people and new experiences, but for a lot of us, it is the new and special food that really seals the deal. Jakarta, the largest city in South East Asia, is one of the most rapidly growing cities. It has a thriving restaurant scene, with a cornucopia of eating joints ranging from budget treat and complete markets to luxury restaurants.
Angke Restaurant is one of the best places to experience the Chinese Hakka style of cooking, as their grand banquet style food brings out the luxurious side of Chinese flavors.
Bandar Djakarta is one of the restaurants that always have a queue to get inside. One of the most popular seafood restaurants in Jakarta, the seafood is amongst the freshest and the most delicious in the city. Here you can choose what to eat from the restaurant aquarium, which is packed with the daily catch from the coast.
Indonesian folk performances and theater are as important as the cooking in Harum Manis. With a range of cultural and educational activities that teach a lot about the country’s culture, the restaurant also provides a luxurious take on classic Indonesian flavors and ingredients. Harum Manis delves into the traditions of local culinary culture to come up with elegant and refined dishes.
Ikan Bakar Cianjur
Restaurants like Ikan Bakar Cianjur celebrate the Sudanese culinary traditions. They use only the best seafood, vegetables and meats, often with minimal cooking to ensure the fresh flavors shine through.
Pondok Laguna is rather like a Jakarta institution, having occupied the same location for over twenty years. It is hugely popular with locals and while it is not a bastion of fine dining, it is a cheap and cheerful restaurant with a real local atmosphere, and is a fantastic place to eat authentic Indonesian cuisine.
Taking its cue from the combination of Chinese and Javanese cuisines which are so fundamental to Indonesian food, Dapur Babah, located in a former 1940s house, is a nod towards the colonial history of Jakarta, when the city was under the Dutch.
Mythological tales have inspired this restaurant infused with tradition and culture, where the menu is based on the ancient culinary traditions of the Kings of Java.
This restaurant takes Indonesian fine dining to its best. Bringing together an array of culinary flavors and traditions, Seribu Rasa creates a modern and highly cultivated take on the local cuisine. Displayed with aesthetic precision and grace, the dishes evoke the traditions of Indonesian culture.
Sate Khas Senayan
This inexpensive restaurant makes up for what it might lack in the fine dining section with its character and friendliness. With local food cooked well and serve in a communal atmosphere, with robust and hearty flavors, Sate Khas Senayan offers classic Indonesian dishes in their most familiar incarnations.
Sampan Matsuda Sentra
Sampan Matsuda Sentra is one of the best places to experience the mainstay of Indonesian culture, which is the combination of dance, music and eating. While you enjoy the restaurant’s take on Indonesian classics, diners are regaled with the rich variety of Javanese dances.
For all the foodies out there wanting to taste Indonesian delicacies, Jakarta can bring to you the best food experience along with its friendly and communal atmosphere.